Anne

Sometimes making a big gift to a worthy charity can seem beyond a regular person's grasp, but for Anne Wadge (pictured at right) it was a simple as filling out some forms and making a "Gift of Life Insurance" to the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

Anne had always enjoyed the Bruce Trail, so when she retired as a Social Worker for Peel District School Board nine years ago and wanted to get more serious about hiking, she decided to join the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Once she had more time on her hands, she became a dedicated member of her local Wednesday Hiking Group. As she familiarized herself with the Trail, she realized how much of it is still on roads and was struck by the dangers associated with road walking. This thought, coupled with her strong admiration for the hard work and dedication of the BTC volunteers who manage the Trail, inspired her to make a significant gift to the BTC.

 

"I realized what treasures the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment really are and wanted to "pay it forward" so to speak,"

"I realized what treasures the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment really are and wanted to "pay it forward" so to speak," explains Anne. "It was my financial advisor who suggested that a "Gift of Life Insurance" would be a wonderful way to make a significant future gift to the BTC at a relatively low cost now. It was so easy. Last year, I purchased a new policy for myself and named the BTC as the beneficiary. Now I just make premium payments every monthly and the BTC gives me an income tax receipt ."

Although Anne has hiked in Italy, Greece and on an island off the coast of Africa, she still loves the familiar vistas of the Niagara Escarpment. "The Limehouse area and the Credit Valley Footpath are spots I particularly love to visit. They are so beautiful and it is amazing that they can be so easily accessed by the public," she says.  "Really, I'm making this gift because the work of the Bruce Trail Conservancy has the potential to benefit so many people--of all ages--whether they hike, are looking for a way to relieve stress or even just to get some healthy exercise. I encourage others to look into this kind of giving!"